Drinking cup (kylix)

Archaic Period
545–540 B.C.
Painter the BMN (British Museum Nikosthenes) Painter, Potter Nikosthenes

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Attica, Athens

Catalogue Raisonné

CVA Boston 2, pl. 089.


Height: 12 cm (4 3/4 in.); diameter: 21.8 cm (4 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Black Figure

Not On View


The Ancient World



Identical Greek inscriptions in the handle zone on each side: “Nikosthenes made [it]” (NIKOSTHENES EPOIESEN).
Tondo bordered by tongue pattern between concentric black circles, the tongues, alternately red and black. Dismounting hoplite carrying two spears, wearing helmet with bull’s horns and ears in white. Behind him, youth on horseback, both to left. One of the earliest vases signed by Nikosthenes.
b. ancient lead handle.



On the handle zone on each side: ΝΙΚΟSΘΕΝΕSΕΠΟΙΕSΕΝ


Said to be from Vulci; by date unknown: with Münzen und Medaillen A.G., Malzgasse 25, Basel, Switzerland (Münzen und Medaillen auction 11, January 23-24, 1953, lot 321); Dr. Herbert A. Cahn Collection; May 11, 1960: gift of Dr. Herbert A. Cahn to MFA

Credit Line

Gift of Dr. Herbert A. Cahn